Happy Tuesday! Practice reports, a Q&A, and Dexter McCluster are in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.
Kansas City returns to Arrowhead Stadium to host cross-state rival St. Louis on Friday, Aug. 26 in a Governor’s Cup matchup. The Chiefs stand 0-2 in the preseason while the Rams have a 2-0 record.
Friday’s Governor’s Cup game at Arrowhead Stadium will serve as a platform to highlight the progress in Joplin and the needs of that city moving forward. The efforts mark the latest by the Chiefs to support the recovery and rebuilding in Joplin.
Chiefs vs Rams - Preseason Game 3 from The Mothership
"Everybody brings something different to the table," McCluster said. "They were a great running-back tandem last year; Jamaal with his speed and Thomas with his power. Throw a little jitterbug in there — and you never know what will happen."
That’s what the Chiefs were thinking when they made McCluster a running back.
Chiefs Hope McCluster Is Busy Weapon In Backfield from KC Star
KC Star Photo Gallery: Dexter McCluster and Jonathan Baldwin
WR Steve Breaston was a bit more active in catching the ball in practice on Monday. Breaston is still rehabbing some off-season work he had done on his right knee and the Chiefs haven’t been pushing the practice pace with him.
Pre-Season Practice Report - 8/22 from Bob Gretz
Haley pitted the first-team offense against the first-team defense with a running clock, complete with coaches calling plays and different personnel running on and off the field. In the end, the first-team offense was able to convert just one first down and, in two series of work, Chiefs defenders were able to step-up on fourth down plays to force a turnover on downs.
Camp Report: 8/22/11 from The Mothership
Veteran wide receiver Keary Colbert, who has been out of the NFL since 2008, caught two passes for 14 yards in his Chiefs debut at Baltimore.
"It was good being back out there," said Colbert, a former second-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2004. "I had that itch to get back and get out there and compete and play. I decided to train and see if I could get an opportunity to earn a spot on a team, and here’s my opportunity."
Chiefs Report for Monday : Haley Faces A Challenge from KC Star
Q: You’ve got to cut a few guys next week and then you have the big one after that. Are this year’s roster cuts going to be any easier or more difficult than usual?
HALEY: "I think it’ll be as difficult as ever. It’s never an easy thing, and the harder it is, the better it is, I think. For us as coaches and as an organization, we kind of feel that way, that when those decisions get more and more difficult – they’re always difficult from the standpoint of you’ve got guys that aren’t going to be here and have put a lot into it – but when they’re more difficult from a decision-making standpoint, that’s good for us."
Q&A with Todd Haley 8/22 from The Mothership
The much talked about new kickoff rule that moved the ball to the 35-yard line got its second week of action, wrapping up Monday night with the New York Giants victory over Chicago.
Here are the numbers for week No. 2:
A Pre-Season Grab Bag... Tuesday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
Dexter McCluster is back where he feels most comfortable.
That should make opposing defenses decidedly uncomfortable...
...Haley seems to smile every time someone brings up McCluster’s name, and it’s clear that the third-year head coach is enamored by the different roles McCluster can play. That includes special teams, where the sparkplug averaged better than 15 yards on punt returns in 2010.
After Spending Time In Slot, McCluster Moves To Chiefs Backfield To Give Them Added Weapon from The Washington Post
[Bailey] is getting a long look as a down pass rusher in obvious passing situations. The Chiefs believe he has the ability to consistently push the pocket and help the edge rushers. Bailey also is fast for a 290-pound player, so he can get down the field and cover on punts and even kickoffs.
Kansas City Chiefs Team Report: Allen Bailey Creating Separation from SportingNews
Betting on the NFL is always a dicey proposition, particularly in the preseason, and especially in this post-lockout preseason. But sometimes there really is such a thing as a sure thing in sports betting.
The Kansas City Chiefs never win or cover the spread in the preseason -- even when they're getting a lot of points.
Take Chiefs' Preseason Futility to the Bank from The Las Vegas Review-Journal
Speaking of speed, the Chiefs need a fast receiver to help their offense, which is something they tried to address by taking Jonathan Baldwin in the first round. Baldwin has had some issues in his short time in Kansas City and does not appear ready to make a contribution. The Chiefs are going to need to create big plays, or else they will struggle on offense.